Photos on aluminum/dibond from ZOR.com
To hold pictures printed in my hand has always been a highlight for me, aluminum/dibond is nothing different. Digitally I like the pictures, but only with a print does the picture get a character. Only through the roughness on the surface and the light of the environment, the picture become a real picture.
A material that I have not tried yet is aluminum/dibond – a print on the metallic surface, reinforced with a composite material. This material has the great advantage for architectural photography. The light spots look very metallic.
Disclaimer: This post is not paid. I received a voucher for the product for free testing. My opinion is and remains my opinion.
Note to the pictures: Please keep in mind that I did not make the pictures in a neutral lighting environment but with a warm white lamp. I tried to set the correct white balance in all pictures, so you can see what the colors of the picture are.
Of course the picture has to be prepared for a print, especially for Aludibond. In addition, ZOR offers an ICC color profile as expected from any professional supplier.
Editing was then done in Photoshop. I made some small adjustments in the dark and light areas (amplified) to increase the contrast in the print.
The order process on ZOR.com was amazingly easy. I have been used to ordering images in a separate downloaded application. Of course, I do not have a book layout here, only submit a picture. Nevertheless, I like the simple web interface. You can see everything you need to see.
I was really surprised by the price. For only € 16 you can order an image with the size of 60x40cm. Enormous! At Saal-Digital, this image size costs € 45 and € 68 at WhiteWall – an incredible difference.
I’m skeptical by nature and so I was looking forward to the quality. But as you know, the price does not necessarily have to be related to the quality.
The shipment was carried out by DPD at a DPD Shop my choice. For me, really fine. The shipping costs amounted to € 7.99.
I ordered on Monday 06/11/17 8 pm. Although I received the indication that the production could take about 10 days, I received fortunately already on Friday the 10/11/17 an email that my product was shipped. On Tuesday the 14/11/17 the picture arrived in the DPD shop. So a total of 7 days (if you forsee from the evening order day) – also very satisfying!
packaging & content
Especially with products such as aluminum/dibond is fundamental to ensure that no corners are damaged. The packaging was perfect and the fixation of the picture with the styrofoam cubes gave me a good feeling that nothing could happen to the product.
What I also liked very much: There is no invoice or delivery note included, or a note with my address. This may be interesting for anyone who wants to send the picture directly to the customer.
Now the most important criterion. What excuses a good price and fast/safe shipping if the quality is not right?
Here I can only draw a good conclusion. The quality is inspiring. The aluminum effect looks great with this picture! Only with very close look (last picture), that ZOR should might work with a higher resolution. Maybe this is not possible with this print material. But this is negligible from a normal distance of 20cm.
PS: The Warm White lamp generates in the pictures to slightly reddish spot.
The metallic shimmering on pictures is difficult to capture, so I’ve shot a 4K video for you.
I am glad that ZOR.com has written to me. I did not know this company before.
Price / quality is at 150% and I would like to order my aluminum/dibond prints again! The quality is very convincing. Clear recommendation to you.